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January 14, 2013

Jeffersonville Pain Management clinic owner indicted in Kentucky

Federal charges include prescription drug and money laundering conspiracies

The owner of a former Jeffersonville pain clinic, Clark County Wellness LLC., has been arrested and indicted for prescription drug and money laundering conspiracies.

Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway and United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Kentucky Kerry B. Harvey, announced the arrest and indictment of Ernest William Singleton, 44, Monday.

Singleton was arrested at the Washington County Sheriff's Department Monday morning and is charged with conspiracy to distribute oxycodone and conspiracy to launder funds between October, 2010, and January, 2013, according to a press release issued by Conway’s office.

“Illegal pill mills have fueled the prescription drug epidemic in Kentucky that now kills more people than traffic accidents,” Conway said. “I appreciate the hard work of my Drug Branch Investigators, working in coordination with our state and federal law enforcement partners, in bringing this case forward.”

Singleton, Double D Holdings, LLC and S & R Medical Enterprise, LLC, formerly owned and operated Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management Center in Georgetown, Ky. and Grant County Wellness Clinic, in Dry Ridge, Ky. When Kentucky strengthened its laws regulating pain management clinics, Singleton moved his operations to Jeffersonville.

Despite opposition by the Franklin Commons residents, the clinic opened in late-July and operated through December. 

However, the city of Jeffersonville served a notice that the clinic must shut down after the license of Dr. Lea Marlow, who worked at the Clark County Wellness Center, was suspended by the Indiana Medical Licensing Board.

Jeffersonville passed a law that would limit where pain management clinics could locate after Clark County Wellness had opened. The pain management clinic was operating under a grandfather clause which became void when the board suspended Marlow’s license. Marlow also worked for Central Kentucky Bariatric and Pain Management, also owned by Singleton. 

According to a release from the Indiana Attorney General’s office, Marlow prescribed more than 8,000 prescriptions for 3,489 patients, with more than 95 percent receiving oxycodone. Virtually all of Marlow’s patients received identical treatment in the form of oxycodone and diazepam prescriptions and the business operated as “cash-only.”

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